Salem Police Department (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Keizer mother, daughter indicted on federal drug trafficking charges

A federal grand jury indicted a Keizer mother and daughter on charges alleging they conspired to traffic hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills from India into the U.S. Jennifer McConnon, 48, and Sydney Sleight, 22, were indicted on charges of conspiring to distribute controlled substances and possessing with intent[Read More…]

Marion County deputy prosecutor oversees retired Portland officer’s criminal case

A retired Portland police officer pleaded guilty third-degree assault and first-degree official misconduct Monday in a case prosecuted by a deputy district attorney from Marion County. Scott Groshong, 52, hit a man with his car while working undercover for the Portland Police Bureau during a June 2020 protest in northwest[Read More…]

A Salem deputy police chief quietly retired under an agreement. City leaders aren’t saying why

A longtime Salem Police Department official left his job in February with no public fanfare and under a separation agreement that has since triggered a state investigation. Secrecy surrounds the circumstances of the retirement of Deputy Chief Steven Bellshaw after 32 years. City officials have so far not publicly released[Read More…]

State appeals court orders reversal of Salem man’s 2004 aggravated murder conviction, death sentence

The Oregon State Penitentiary on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered that a Salem man’s 2004 aggravated murder conviction and death sentence be reversed and sent back to the trial court after finding that defense attorneys didn’t investigate evidence pointing to[Read More…]